African Library Project

San Carlos-Eaton Hills 4-H Book Drive

12/06/2011 to 04/15/2012
San Carlos CA

We are working with the African Library Project to provide books to eager readers in Africa who have very few books. Please help us by collecting and delivering gently used books or by raising money to help pay for shipping to Africa. It takes only 1000 books and $500 (plus a little elbow grease!) to start a single library and make a huge difference in children’s lives.

This book drive is organized by ...

The San Carlos-Eaton Hills 4-H Club is part of an educational youth development program that operates under the auspices of the University of California\'s Cooperative Extension. Participation in 4-H is open to all youth from their kindergarten year through high school. The San Carlos-Eaton Hills 4-H Club offers children and families opportunities for hands-on learning in a friendly, fun environment. Led by parent volunteers, individual projects meet throughout the year to explore, do, and make. Project members exhibit their crafts and show animals each June at the San Mateo County Fair.

Traditional 4-H projects--raising a lamb at our club farm, learning about your rabbit, creating a quilt--remain at the core of our club\'s activities, but a 4-H project today can be as modern as web design and as far-reaching as astronomy!

4-H fosters confidence in public speaking and a commitment to community service. Youth officers lead our general meetings, and achievement is recognized on the county, state, and national level. 4-H builds active, responsible citizens.

Kids in 4-H learn-by-doing in an atmosphere where learning is fun!

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We want to start a library in Africa because...

We are fortunate to live in an area where books and libraries are plentiful at home, at school, and in our communities. We know that children in Africa don\'t have access to books like we do, and we want to change that!

Our 4-H club does a big community service project each year, and this year we want to team up with the African Library Project and help the kids.

About our African Partners...

We are collecting books for Mlumati Primary school in Msahweni, Swaziland.

Please contribute these kinds of books...

We need books suitable for pre-school to 4th grade reading level such as board books, picture books, easy readers, chapter books, encyclopedias and text books (post 1990), and dictionaries. We are also interested in getting books or manuals on animal husbandry and agriculture.

Here's how you can contribute your books...

We gathered more than enough books so our book drive is over. Thank you to everyone who answered the call for books.

We need to raise funds for shipping the books...

We raised $284 through a bake sale and root beer float sale. We also asked the San Carlos Lions Club to make a donation and they gave $300 to cover the international shipping costs! Thank you Lions!

Here are some ways that you can help...

Ask your friends and neighbors to donate books
Visit your community library and ask if they have extra books to donate
Pass out flyers
Ask your school librarian if he/she has any books to donate
Help us sort and pack the books

Contact us to find out more

Name: Heather Sutherland
Phone: 650-703-5567

Name: Laura Deck
Phone: 650-454-7411

Progress Report

Our Goal 1,000 books $500 fundraising
Results so far
(updated: 04/13/12)
1700 books $584 fundraising

Thanks to all the 4-H members who donated books and money at the January, February and March general meetings.

Hurray! We shipped our books on 4/12/12 and they will arrive at the warehouse in New Orleans in a week. We are excited for the students at Mlumati Primary School to receive the books for their new library.


Thank you to the following donors:
- San Carlos Lions Club for their generous cash donation to help cover shipping costs!
- San Carlos-Eaton Hills 4-H members and families
- Linda Townsend, librarian at Arundel School in San Carlos
- Carol Griffin, librarian at White Oaks School in SC
- Denise Drach, librarian at Brittan Acres School in SC
- Charlotte Deck, teacher at Sleepy Hollow School in Orinda
- Librarian at Clifford School in Redwood City
- John Schuck, Palo Alto
- Joan Peters, Menlo Park (270 books!!)
- Brenda Kou, San Carlos
- Kevin Johnson, Teacher, Palo Alto

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